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“It will make a difference to this one.”

14 Oct

With the speaking of the Dalai Lama today at Stanford, I was reminded of an old story.  It is a parable of sorts:

Walking on the beach during an “El Niño” year we noticed thousands of starfish had been washed ashore during a storm.  There was a small child running back and forth among them.  She was grabbing them one at a time and running back and throwing them into the ocean.  A person passing by stopped her,  starfish in hand and said:  “What are you doing?  There are so many starfish dying on the beach that your throwing a few back in the water won’t really make a difference.”

The little girl smiled, held up her starfish and simply stated: “It will make a difference to this one.”

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